Two-term Florida Governor Rick Scott has a shady past in both private industry and a reputation for playing fast-and-loose with federal campaign finance laws as a public servant — but he keeps getting re-elected. In many respects, he is the poster child representing everything that is wrong with the current state of the U.S. election system.
The saga of Rick Scott exemplifies how unlimited amounts of “Big Money” and unaccountable “Dark Money” can disenfranchise the average American voter and send ruthless corporate-controlled shills to the highest offices of the land.
Gov. Scott is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida. The evidence is strong that he is violating what is left of an already badly broken campaign finance election system. His recent actions have been called out by a grassroots political action committee known as End Citizens United.
The group has charged that Scott is directly involved in a scheme to funnel soft money from a Super PAC directly into his own campaign that he personally controls. This is one of the few remaining illegalities as spelled out by the Federal Election Commission.
End Citizens United officials say the “Rick Scott problem” is precisely why the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United needs to be overturned and nullified. It makes it too easy for powerful, wealthy corporate elites to shovel tens of millions of dollars into the campaign of candidates whom they can then control after they win office.
End Citizens United has filed an official complaint against Scott while providing direct evidence that he is brazenly ignoring Federal Election Commission guidelines. For example, it showed that Scott was listed as chairman of the New Republican PAC before he filed as a candidate for U.S. Senate and continues to be involved with the PAC.
Scott is running against long-time Florida incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson. Republican feel Nelson is vulnerable, even though he handily won re-election by a comfortable margin in 2012. But ECU is backing Nelson because of his powerful pro-campaign finance reform position. Nelson wants big money out of politics.
The long-term goal of End Citizens United is to overturn the 2010 Supreme court ruling that made it possible for money-grubbing politicians like Rick Scott to keep winning while selling out the average American voter.
End Citizens United has raised $35 million (average donation just $14) which it is using to support campaign finance reform candidates across the nation.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) June 7, 2018
A number of findings shook the American politics in the recent days, and all of them are a real concern for the democratic nature of the country that can spoil its pure people verdict spirit. The 2016 Presidential election campaign is the center point of all the controversies as it became clear that Russia played a significant role in diluting the verdict.
It can be comprehended that external meddling was due to changed campaign laws since 2010 Citizens United verdict that gave unlimited and unaccounted spending rights to business groups in the elections. It is generally perceived that Trump administration is not interested in changing the campaign finance laws to remove the unlimited money into election campaign process.
The recent revelations that foreign companies spent on Facebook ads to change the mandate showed how vulnerable the political system is. While some of those campaigns including $100,000 digital ad campaign from a Russian troll farm during 2016 election has just revealed recently, it is yet to know how much various countries have pumped into the U.S. Presidential election in 2016. Shockingly, all these corporations and foreign entities are utilizing the loopholes in the election campaigning laws. It is not just ending with a Russian troll farm. In 2016, a firm owned by Chinese nationals named American Pacific International Capital made a contribution of $1.3 million to a PAC supporting Jeb Bush. It can be believed that all these are tips of an iceberg, and there is an urgent need of legislating efficient campaign laws that can restrict these interferences.
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Interestingly, End Citizens United, a PAC working to nullify the effects of Citizens United verdict, confirmed that it decided to endorse Doug Jones, a Democratic nominee, to the Senate. Jones competes in the Alabama special election on December 12 against Roy Moore. ECU confirmed that it is a fight against the groups with special interests who are against the wish of everyday Alabamians. ECU President, Tiffany Muller says that Moore has a radical agenda, and his values are against Alabama and the U.S. itself. He also has close links with shady special interest groups, including Mercer family and Steve Bannon. Contrary to that, Jones is committed to change the rigging system that supports big money donors – a similar voice of ECU.
End Citizens United was founded in the year 2015 in a way to subvert the consequences of uncontrolled money into politics. It hopes to go for a constitutional amendment to implement stricter measures on election spending by creating a public opinion and sending maximum election finance reform representatives to both the Senate and the Congress. The PAC is very active on social media platforms, and it is on a mission to make its message – the need for election finance reform – reaching every American.